This website brings together the creative efforts and talents of many individuals. Their names are acknowledged, with gratitude:
Tal Recanati (email@example.com)
Sarai Baram (www.saraigraphics.com)
Ben Benjan (flash) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cynthia Aldrich is a resident of Durham, NC and has been working with clay for over thirty years. She has studied and had studios in New York, Michigan, Minnesota, and now North Carolina. Her work encompasses two very different styles and approaches to clay. A line of production pottery pieces includes mugs, baking dishes, planters, pitchers, etc. These pieces are wheel thrown, made of high fired stoneware clay, and feature pastel glazes with flowing floral motifs. In contrast, Ms. Aldrich’s other work, which is now her primary focus is figurative ceramic sculpture inspired by images of prehistoric goddess figures and symbols. Ms. Aldrich has received two Emerging Artist grants from the Durham Arts Council and numerous awards for her ceramic work. She has taken part in invitational shows and is represented in the permanent collection of the Governor’s Mansion in Lansing, MI. In March, 2005, she was the juror for Kinston’s Annual Juried Show while exhibiting her installation “Bearing Witness: Women Victims of War” at the same venue
"I first realised I wanted to be a sculptor in a moment of clarity following a “mystical” experience while completing a plaster sculpture for assessment at art school in Canada in 1975. While physically working on the sculpture, I had the profound sense that I was working on myself. A few days later, I perceived that this was my path.
Inner feeling has always preoccupied my sculpture. My early work concerned the exploration of the evolution of form from a seed or egg, and these forms evolved into female shapes. I never consciously decided to create goddesses, but goddess images keep coming into my mind at unexpected moments, even when I'm asleep. They always have female faces, but their bodies are usually abstracted animal forms, such as the serpent, bird, or fish. I also discovered that I'm not the first to create therianthropic images (human/animal hybrids) and this discovery led me to the study of ancient and prehistoric religions, both east and west (University of New England, Australia). I received a BA Honours degree (1997) and a doctorate (2001) in Studies in Religion for my theses on prehistoric Mesopotamian and Egyptian figurines.
My female images have to do with the non-rational qualities of the human psyche -- intuition, insight, inner silence, and inner growth and maturation. These are qualities which the development of western society has undervalued in its pursuit of the rational, mechanical, technological, and scientific."
Her work can be viewed on her website: http://sculptors.net.au
Some of the ancient goddesses seen on the website are found in the Bible Lands Musuem in Jerusalem .The photos are from a special exhibit, entitled, "The Human Form Divine," which was held in 2000. (With thanks to Benyamin Tesler)
Taly & Shmulik Bardosh (www.edenet.net)
Tamar Gillis -Cohen